DAILY GRINDER: All’s Quiet at Dilworth Plaza

Good morning PhillyNow readers — I hope you had a tolerable-to-great short Thanksgiving “vacation.” In case you missed it, we were back in full swing yesterday as the Occupy protests hit their 5 p.m. deadline and then, all the sudden…not much happened. At least not immediately. Earlier, around 1 p.m., a press conference was held regarding the eviction in the midst of a police officer allegedly taunting the Occupy Philly Facebook page. At 5 p.m., about a thousand or more protesters and others gathered at Dilworth Plaza with locked arms, and Occupy Wall Street protesters began heading down the Jersey Turnpike to join in solidarity with their Philly brethren. Supporters hand-delivered pizzas and bottled water, which the protesters seemed pretty happy about (and why wouldn’t they be?). The Occupy Philly Livestream stayed on late with some interesting and some really, really boring stuff, with thousands in the “chat” area, seemingly waiting to watch the Occupiers get raided by the police after one-too-many mic checks. The rest of the night was full with drum circles and dancing. No arrests, no sweep through, yet, despite the deadline coming and going.

Black Friday was a true success the country over. The country saw record profits in spite of Occupiers spitting on George Washington’s grave, and a bunch of people died for their country, while shopping.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Gov. Tom Corbett signed the death warrant of Ralph Birdsong, of Philadelphia, who was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to death in 1989.

Gregory Porter, the 19-year-old Drexel student and Glenside resident who was captured in Egypt, returned home Saturday afternoon.

Here’s a win for Pennsylvania (literal) solidarity: State Sen. Dominic Pileggi wrote a Facebook post the other day saying he “does not believe there will be sufficient time to advance [his electoral college plan] this year.” That’s good for us in the Southeastern part of the state, especially. But it doesn’t mean the plan is dead. Pileggi said he wants to focus on education, Marcellus Shale and transportation funding legislation first, then he’ll get to the messed up stuff. Tom Corbett apparently still supports the plan, calling it a “fair representation to the people of Pennsylvania.”

Oh, and Southeastern Pennsylvania politicians are beginning to officially declare their concerns with Pennsylvania redistricting, which is set to really corrupt the state, as it usually does. In addition to Philly and MontCo politicians’ complaints, West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta is pissed her city might be separated into two different districts.

Also in Harrisburg, the land of opportunity, an Occupy protester was allegedly arrested for dressing up as a zombie in the Capital City Mall. Which seems about right.

Philadelphia Sheriff-Elect Jewel Williams is doing what he can to get his 23-year-old daughter, Jewel, elected to his soon-to-be-Philadelphia House seat. She currently works for the Philadelphia Parking Authority and is a student at Community College of Philadelphia. Councilman Curtis Jones’ Chief of Staff, Al Spivey, had allegedly been interested in the seat, though lives outside the new boundaries proposed for the district.

3 Responses to “ DAILY GRINDER: All’s Quiet at Dilworth Plaza ”

  1. oldgulph says:

    Most Pennsylvania and U.S. voters want a national popular vote for President.

    A survey of 800 Pennsylvania voters conducted on December 16-17, 2008 showed 78% overall support for a national popular vote for President.
    Support was 87% among Democrats, 68% among Republicans, and 76% among independents.
    By gender, support was 85% among women and 71% among men.

    In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system of awarding all of a state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state (with about 70% opposed and about 10% undecided). Support for a national popular vote is strong among Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters, as well as every demographic group in virtually every state surveyed in recent polls in closely divided Battleground states: CO – 68%, FL – 78%, IA 75%, MI – 73%, MO – 70%, NH – 69%, NV – 72%, NM– 76%, NC – 74%, OH – 70%, PA – 78%, VA – 74%, and WI – 71%; in Small states (3 to 5 electoral votes): AK – 70%, DC – 76%, DE – 75%, ID – 77%, ME – 77%, MT – 72%, NE 74%, NH – 69%, NV – 72%, NM – 76%, OK – 81%, RI – 74%, SD – 71%, UT – 70%, VT – 75%, WV – 81%, and WY – 69%; in Southern and Border states: AR – 80%,, KY- 80%, MS – 77%, MO – 70%, NC – 74%, OK – 81%, SC – 71%, TN – 83%, VA – 74%, and WV – 81%; and in other states polled: CA – 70%, CT – 74%, MA – 73%, MN – 75%, NY – 79%, OR – 76%, and WA – 77%.

    Americans believe that the candidate who receives the most votes should win.

    Due to gerrymandering, in 2008, only 4 Pennsylvania districts were competitive. Only those voters would matter under Pileggi’s plan. When and where votes don’t matter, candidates ignore those areas and the issues they care about most.

    The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

    The bill changes the way electoral votes are awarded by states in the Electoral College, instead of the current 48 state-by-state winner-take-all system. It assures that every vote is equal and that every voter will matter in every state in every presidential election, as in virtually every other election in the country.

    Under National Popular Vote, every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in every presidential election. Every vote would be included in the national count. The candidate with the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC would get the 270+ electoral votes from the enacting states. That majority of electoral votes guarantees the candidate with the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC wins the presidency.

    National Popular Vote would give a voice to the minority party voters in each state and district (in ME and NE). Now their votes are counted only for the candidate they did not vote for. Now they don’t matter to their candidate.

    With National Popular Vote, every vote, everywhere would be counted equally for and directly assist the candidate for whom it was cast.

    The bill has passed 31 state legislative chambers, in 21 small, medium-small, medium, and large states. The bill has been enacted by 9 jurisdictions possessing 132 electoral votes — 49% of the 270 necessary to bring the law into effect.


  2. I still don’t understand how anyone is making money aside from concert tickets and merch…what incentive do people have to buy the music when they can stream it for free?

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